So Abram went, as the Lord had told him.
By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to set out for a place that he was to receive as an inheritance; and set out, not knowing where he was going.
A beautiful prayer, inspired by Abram’s faithful example:
you have called your servants
to ventures of which we cannot see the ending,
by paths as yet untrodden,
through perils unknown.
Give us faith to go out with good courage,
not knowing where we go,
but only that your hand is leading us
and your love supporting us;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
We seldom head out to places unknown, without an itinerary, or clear sense of destination. Our commute may be challenging. Our path may be circuitous. Our road may be lonely. But we seldom trek out with no end in mind. Or so we think.
Diane and I recently moved to a new house. We are busy trying to make it our home. We are also discovering certain realities about it that we did not fully appreciate when we chose and purchased this house. It’s small back yard is really small. The construction nearby, and the proximity to the street behind us are greater factors than we had anticipated.
I am comforted by the fact that God’s hand is leading us. I am also comforted by the truth that God has chosen the exact places where people live so that they may seek him and find him, worship him and follow him where he leads (cf. Acts 17:26-27).
We may think we know where we are going. We may believe we have sufficient resources to face every peril. We might have insurance for every loss. But unless we go our way each day with faith and good courage, following the hand of God as he leads us, we are entrusting ourselves to a false God. The better path is delineated by God and supported by his love.